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Today's News

  • Harsh lessons: Classroom work a casualty as politics plague Jeffco school district

    Student protests and teacher sick-outs in Jeffco Public Schools have put the county’s K-12 system at the center of national media coverage and further polarized the already-strife-torn school district.

    Two weeks ago, school board member Julie Williams, one of three conservatives elected last November, proposed a curriculum review committee designed to boost patriotism and downplay civil disorder in Advanced Placement history classes.

  • A doggone good time for all

    Racing and Frisbee-catching dogs brought smiles to kids and adults attending Oktoberfest at Buchanan Park on Sunday afternoon.

    After Banzai the Wonder Dog chased and captured Frisbees in mid-air with other canine performers, the dog race began. Lined up in yellow-roped lanes, three wiener dogs of various sizes and ages were in place for the brief run.

  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.” 

  • Jeffco board member stands by her request for curriculum review

    School board member Julie Williams continues to stand by her request for a controversial curriculum review committee despite countywide walkouts and demonstrations by Jeffco students.

    “To be accused of censorship? Seriously? That is just ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday morning. “I am advocating for just the opposite.”

  • Evergreen residents help shape updated plan for their community


    Mixed-use development in Evergreen's downtown area and more senior housing were among priorities expressed by residents who attended a meeting on an updated community plan for the area on Sept. 16.

    During the meeting, about 20 residents who participated in the work session filled out cards stating the community's assets, growth opportunities and constraints to development.

  • Teachers held 'sick-out' to raise awareness for curriculum committee

    Teachers at Conifer and Standley Lake high schools who participated in a “sick-out” last Friday that closed both schools said they did it to raise community awareness primarily about the school board’s proposal to review the Advanced Placement History curriculum.

    Secondarily, the teachers have been protesting a compensation plan being implemented by the board that gives raises based on merit.

  • Jeffco student protests continue

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • McMinimee addresses local students' concerns about curriculum

    Superintendent Dan McMinimee tried to reassure Conifer students Thursday morning that no action has been taken on the school board’s proposal controversial curriculum review committee.

    “We’re at the very beginning of this process,” McMinimee said. “(The committee) hasn’t even been discussed to the point of implementation.”

    More than 200 Conifer High School students packed the school’s auditorium to ask questions of the superintendent Thursday morning.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve changes to county oil and gas regulations

    The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners has approved changes to its oil and gas regulations to make them consistent with the state’s regulations.

    The amended Jeffco code adds planned development, special-use and agricultural 1, 2 and 35 zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.

  • Q&A with Senate District 16 Democratic candidate Jeanne Nicholson

    What are your qualifications for serving as a state senator from your district?
    My experience as a former nurse, small business owner, and county commissioner make me well qualified to serve in the Colorado senate.

    What do you see as the most critical issue for Senate District 16?
    Strengthening our small businesses and creating an economy that works for everyone not just the wealthy and well connected.